Dr. Mary Stokrocki (’81 Ed.D. Art Education) has released Exploration in Virtual Worlds: New Digital Multi-Media Literacy Investigations for Art Education, which aims to explore current pedagogical efforts of virtual world teaching and discover potentials for art instruction through virtual worlds in unique ways and to diverse audiences. Focusing specifically on virtual worlds, this anthology includes conceptual explorations and virtual art world examples in higher education—with children, senior citizens, alternative audiences, and in different countries. It also features museum education outreach, holistic assessments, pros and cons, and future directions and concerns.
With over 60 online virtual worlds and 400 universities offering courses, these sites offer tremendous opportunities for artistic teaching and learning. Intended to meet the needs of art teachers at all levels as well as international markets, Exploration in Virtual Worlds examines the concept and goals of digital literacy and virtual worlds, gives a short history of the impact of virtual worlds, and offers contemporary types and future trends for virtual worlds and art education
Stokrocki will give the 2014 Distinguished Lecture in Art Education at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio (where the John Michael Art Education Historical Archives are held) November 17 and 28. Her lecture consists of several powerpoint presentations that range from her early roots, ethnographic research, work in Turkey, research with Native Peoples, Interdisciplinary Research, Mashup Teaching, as well as her book and future plans.